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Oswald: Return of the King

by Edoardo Albert

Part of the The Northumbrian Thrones Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Oswald: Return of the King

A triumphant continuation of the ‘Northumbrian Thrones’ trilogy; these tales are bringing to life a forgotten time, when being a King was a dangerously unpredictable job to hold. The story now races ahead to Oswald who witnessed the death of his father in the first book Edwin: High King of Britain’. This story feels even more complete than Edwin’s, knowing Oswald’s background helps to give flesh and emotion to this man and an appreciation of the difficulties battering his very existence. The authors explanation of the Houses, the glossary, pronunciation guide and historical note are helpful and allow you to gallop through the pages alongside Oswald and his brother Oswiu. Beautifully balancing history and fiction, this novel lays before you enthralling battles of wit, of power and survival with a strong inner core of authenticity. ~ Liz Robinson


Northumbrian Thrones series:

1. Edwin: High King of Britain

2. Oswald: Return of the King

Liz Robinson

Oswald: Return of the King Synopsis

The exiled family of King Aethelfrith of Northumbria arrive, after much hardship, on the island of Iona, where the monastery founded by St Columba has become a centre of worship and learning. Young Oswald becomes firm friends with a novice, Aidan. When Aidan professes his final vows, Oswald and his little brother Oswiu are received into the church. As befits a young prince, Oswald learns to fight. However, Aidan's example attracts him and he is on the point of deciding to become a monk when news reaches Iona that his half brother, Eanfrith, has been killed by Cadwallon, the king who defeated Edwin. Oswald sails back to Northumbria and meets Cadwallon in battle, defeating and killing him. Oswald, now undisputed king of Northumbria, gives Aidan the island of Lindisfarne as his base. But Penda, the last great pagan king in England, is raising troops against him.

Oswald: Return of the King Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the trilogy, Edwin: High King of Britain.  You can read them below or click here to read the full reviews.

  • Helen Skinner - 'This is a fascinating novel and a gripping, entertaining of the most enjoyable historical fiction novels I’ve read so far this year. I’m now looking forward to reading the sequel, Oswald: Return of the King.'
  • Neil Beattie - 'The first of what will prove to be a great trilogy full of historical fiction and gripping, fast-paced entertainment. I can’t wait for the second.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a must read for anyone, and everyone, who loves adventure, sword fights, and a little pinch of magic. I am looking forward to the next one in Edoardo Albert's trilogy!'
  • James Ryall - 'Fans of historical fiction will be well served to give this first of a trilogy a read.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A brilliant historical novel of Edwin High King of Britain, full of action and excitement - a must-read!!'
  • Linda - 'From sanctuary to king of kings. Gods of Old to the birth of Christianity in Britain. Battles and peacetime.'
  • Cathy Petersen - 'A really great historical novel that brings to life a little known period of early British history.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Bringing to life a key character from the Dark Ages.'
  • Annette Woolfson - 'What a cracking read! A great story with well-developed characters and set in a period of history which I know little about.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'The book focuses on the difficulties and battles Edwin must face to bring unity. Facing hostility from his pagan countryman.'
  • Jane Gilman - 'This is a thrilling at times bloodthirsty page turner. I wish history is always as excitingly told as this.'
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'Overall, I am glad I read it, but I hope that the following books will be more colourful and fuller on details.'

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ISBN: 9781782641162
Publication date: 22/05/2015
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782641162
Publication date: 22nd May 2015
Author: Edoardo Albert
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Edoardo Albert

Edoardo Albert is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Time Out, History Today and The Daily Telegraph, among other places. His book on the history and archaeology of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom was published in October 2012 by The History Press. Getting on his bike, he also edited the Time Out Cycle London Guide.   Below is a Q&A with this author.   1. What first inspired you to write The Northumbrian Thrones series? Northumberland itself! My brother-in-law is an archaeologist and director of the Bamburgh Research Project ( and back in the early 2000...

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